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27 Best Leftover BBQ Chicken Recipes

Barbecue chicken is one of my favorite go-to recipes. It’s just so delicious but also somehow easy! These leftover bbq chicken recipes can help you put an easy meal on the dinner table!

However, my favorite part about cooking BBQ chicken is that you can use it again for your leftovers. It’s super versatile, so you can use it any way you like to get the best results.

leftover chicken bbq recipe ideas

What to Make with BBQ Chicken?

BBQ chicken’s smoky flavor and tender texture make it the ideal filling for sandwiches, wraps, or burritos. It’s even an excellent topping for salads!

While BBQ chicken tends to be more moist thanks to the sauce, it can dry out if heated for too long. Once you have your perfectly-heated chicken, you can make everything from stews to sliders!

Leftover BBQ Chicken Recipes

Discover twenty-seven ways to reuse your leftover BBQ chicken from game days to weeknight meals with these easy leftover chicken recipes to make next time.

1. BBQ Chicken Nachos

bbq chicken nachos


Nachos are one of the most comforting meals on the planet. Happily, they’re also super easy to whip up on a weeknight! Feed the whole family in no time, thanks to this tasty recipe.

Best of all, your leftover BBQ chicken will be more than home in the nacho topping.

Stuff it full of vegetables and top with green onions to add a healthy kick to your nachos and serve with some sour cream.

2. Chicken Bacon Ranch Sliders

chicken bacon ranch sliders


Chicken, bacon, and ranch. Who’s complaining about that flavor combination? Certainly not me!

These super simple sliders are a great way to use leftover chicken, BBQ or not. The bacon adds a deliciously salty kick to cut through the sweet smokiness of the barbecue.

3. BBQ Chicken Salad

bbq chicken salad


Give your salad a welcome boost of flavor with this super simple recipe. I love using BBQ chicken on top of salads because it almost makes it taste like it should be bad for you, even though it’s healthy!

Whip this recipe for a quick and easy work lunch the next day. Don’t forget to add your favorite barbecue sauce and some Monterey jack cheese to make it even more delicious.

4. Chicken Rissoles

chicken rissoles


Chicken rissoles are like little chicken fritters, featuring many different flavors crammed into one little fried package. These are so good in a packed lunch, mainly if you include a side salad.

Since this recipe already calls for cooked chicken, it’s super easy to incorporate your leftovers.

5. Buffalo Chicken Grilled Cheese

buffalo chicken grilled cheese


Crank your standard grilled cheese sandwich up a notch with this incredible recipe! This buffalo chicken upgrade will send your tastebuds sky high.

Paired with the smoky BBQ flavor on your leftover chicken, the buffalo sauce will create a bold and punchy taste you’ll quickly become addicted to.

6. Barbecue Pulled Chicken Nachos

barbecue pulled chicken nachos


You’ve heard of BBQ-pulled pork before… but what about BBQ-pulled chicken? This recipe works best if you have time to gently cook your chicken in a little sauce before serving it up.

The moist, tender, flaky chicken on top of cheesy nachos is a study in delicious contrasts.

7. Baked Hawaiian Barbecue Chicken Sandwiches

baked Hawaiian barbecue chicken sandwiches


Take a trip down to the tropics with this inspired baked sandwich recipe. Baked sandwiches are a staple in Hawaii, with ingredients from all over the food pyramid showing up in the recipes.

In this case, the baked sandwich is an ideal spot for your leftover chicken. The pineapple and BBQ flavors go beautifully together!

If you loved the Hawaiian flavors here you will enjoy these other delicious Hawaiian recipes!

8. BBQ Chicken Quesadillas

bbq chicken quesadillas


I love how quick and easy quesadillas are. Whether you need a fast after-school snack or a family-friendly dinner, these leftover bbq chicken quesadillas have your back.

You cut this recipe’s preparation time in half by using leftover BBQ chicken breasts. That’s more quality family time for you and fewer dishes to deal with in the kitchen!

Top them with even more tangy barbecue sauce and some red onion to take is easy dinner up a notch!

9. BBQ Chicken Pizza

bbq chicken pizza


Put down the takeout menu and step away from the phone. If you’re craving pizza, you can make it happen with your leftovers!

Trust me, this BBQ chicken pizza tastes out of this world.

10. BBQ Chicken Casserole

bbq chicken casserole


There’s something about a casserole that makes me think of all things comforting. If you need a simple dinner the night after your BBQ chicken, incorporate your leftovers into this casserole dish.

It comes together in no time, and the familiar flavors make this a real crowd-pleaser.

This casserole is the perfect back to school meal for busy weeknights!

11. Chicken Pesto Pizza with Black Grapes

chicken pesto pizza with grapes


Looking for something a little more refined? Give your BBQ chicken new life with this unique take on a classic pizza!

Black grapes, BBQ chicken, and pesto might sound strange, but they all balance each other out. Combined with a generous dusting of cheese, they promise a super good meal.

12. BBQ Chicken Tater Tot Skillet

bbq chicken tater tot skillet


Did somebody say chicken and tater tots? I don’t need to hear anymore!

This super simple skillet is a great weeknight meal. It only uses one pan, so you don’t have to worry about doing oodles of dishes once you’ve eaten your fill. Plus, the potato-chicken combo is so tasty!

13. Barbecue Chicken Flatbread

barbecue chicken flatbread


Whip up a quick and easy flatbread using just two ingredients. This recipe is ideal for meal-prepping your lunch for the day, as the flatbread is compact and portable.

You can use this flatbread recipe in many other ways. Keep it in your back pocket for all your leftover lunch needs.

14. BBQ Chicken Chopped Salad

bbq chicken chopped salad


I love making chopped salads because they’re so tasty and so simple. That’s especially true when you use a leftover protein like BBQ chicken!

The smoky flavor of the chicken will be an ideal companion to the host of vegetables in this salad. Tweak the recipe to suit your unique tastes and create a signature chopped salad.

15. Barbecue Chicken Pizza with Mustard Green Pesto

barbecue chicken pizza with mustard green pesto


Today is your lucky day if you’ve never tried mustard pesto before. The earthy mustard and vibrant pesto are perfect, especially when combined with sweet and smoky BBQ!

If you’re making a family dinner, this is an excellent opportunity to get the kids involved in the cooking.

16. Chicken Parmesan Casserole

chicken parmesan casserole


Chicken parmesan is delicious, but it can also be time-consuming to make. That’s where this casserole recipe comes in.

Instead of spending a couple of hours at the stove, use your leftover BBQ chicken to create a quick and easy chicken parmesan casserole. The added flavor from the BBQ only makes it better!

17. Leftover Chicken Pasta

leftover chicken pasta


Pasta is the ultimate leftover helper. It’s delicious, cooks quickly, and does well when coated in almost any sauce! This leftover chicken pasta is proof.

Whip up a delicious, healthy dinner in almost no time, thanks to this tasty recipe.

This pasta would be best served along side a simple lettuce salad!

18. Chicken Soup

chicken soup


Are you feeling the nights get a little bit colder? Warm your stomach and your soul with this delicious leftover chicken soup recipe.

Since the chicken simmers in a pot of broth, this healthy fall soup recipe keeps it moist and delicious even as it soaks up the flavors of the soup.

19. Chicken Cakes

chicken cakes


Much like fish cakes, these chicken cakes are a great appetizer or main meal. They’re packed with delicious garlic flavor, and the BBQ basting on your leftover chicken will make it even better!

Serve your chicken cakes with a side of your favorite vegetables for a simple family dinner.

20. Chicken Bacon Ranch Casserole

chicken bacon ranch casserole


If you love the chicken, bacon, and ranch flavor combination, here’s another way to bring it to life! This super simple low-carb casserole is keto-friendly and delicious.

Thanks to the tasty sauce, the casserole will keep your chicken moist while it cooks, so you don’t have to worry about drying out your leftovers.

21. Chicken Pot Pie with Puff Pastry

chicken pot pie with puff pastry


Chicken pot pie is the ultimate comfort food. Whether you’re not feeling well or you want something to ward off the cold outside, this pie is the recipe for you!

The added element of BBQ basting gives this pie a unique flavor. Serve with mashed potatoes and gravy, or enjoy on its own.

22. Chicken Bone Broth Soup

chicken bone broth soup


This bone broth soup recipe has your back if you want a super simple way to use your leftover chicken. Bone broth has many recorded health benefits, and it tastes delicious.

Pepper your broth with leftover BBQ chicken to give it a well-deserved smoky kick.

23. Chicken Shepherd’s Pie

chicken shepherd's pie


Shepherd’s pie was originally invented to use all the offcuts and leftover meats from the night before. After all, historically, people couldn’t just nip to the grocery store for more food.

They had to make do! Luckily for us, this meant they invented one of the most delicious recipes there is.

24. Chicken Curry

chicken curry


Give your BBQ chicken a new lease on life with this delicious chicken curry. The well-spiced gravy is the perfect companion for that sharp BBQ flavor.

This curry might taste like it took hours to make, but it actually comes together in just under an hour. What better meal for a weeknight feast?

25. Chicken Sandwich

chicken sandwich


Who says sandwiches have to be simple?

This recipe blows our previous conceptions about sandwiches out of the water, proving that leftover chicken between two slices of bread can be more than the sum of its parts.

Bring this tasty sandwich idea with you to work for lunch, or serve it up as an after-school snack that will have your little ones clamoring for more.

26. Chicken Vegetable Soup

chicken vegetable soup


Chicken and vegetables sound pretty simple, right? And it is simple when it comes to preparation. But the flavor hiding behind this soup’s unassuming appearance is mind-blowing.

Keep this recipe in your back pocket for those days when you need something warm, comforting, and easy to make.

27. Fricassee



Finally, a fricassee is an excellent way to use up your leftover chicken. This one-pot wonder calls for turkey, but the recipe works just as well with chicken.

Simmered in sauce, the chicken stays moist and delicious without drying out! It’s the ideal leftover chicken recipe.

chicken curry

27 Best Leftover BBQ Chicken Recipes

Yield: 4-6
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

Leftover midweek meals are always a life saver. These leftover bbq chicken recipes are healthy, delicious and sure to be come a favorite with the family!


  • 1. BBQ Chicken Nachos
  • 2. Chicken Bacon Ranch Sliders
  • 3. BBQ Chicken Salad
  • 4. Chicken Rissoles
  • 5. Buffalo Chicken Grilled Cheese
  • 6. Barbecue Pulled Chicken Nachos
  • 7. Baked Hawaiian Barbecue Chicken Sandwiches
  • 8. BBQ Chicken Quesadillas
  • 9. BBQ Chicken Pizza
  • 10. BBQ Chicken Casserole
  • 11. Chicken Pesto Pizza with Black Grapes
  • 12. BBQ Chicken Tater Tot Skillet
  • 13. Barbecue Chicken Flatbread
  • 14. BBQ Chicken Chopped Salad
  • 15. Barbecue Chicken Pizza with Mustard Green Pesto
  • 16. Chicken Parmesan Casserole
  • 17. Leftover Chicken Pasta
  • 18. Chicken Soup
  • 19. Chicken Cakes
  • 20. Chicken Bacon Ranch Casserole
  • 21. Chicken Pot Pie with Puff Pastry
  • 22. Chicken Bone Broth Soup
  • 23. Chicken Shepherd’s Pie
  • 24. Chicken Curry
  • 25. Chicken Sandwich
  • 26. Chicken Vegetable Soup
  • 27. Fricassee


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